Advocates of enhanced quality for published scientific results are increasingly voicing the need for further transparency of data and software for scientific reproducibility. However, such advanced digital scholarship can appear perplexing to geoscientists that are seduced by the concept of open science yet wonder about the exact mechanics and implications of the associated efforts. This special issue of Earth and Space Science entitled “Geoscience Papers of the Future” includes a review of existing best practices for digital scholarship and bundles a set of example articles that share their digital research products and reflect on the process of opening their scientific approach in a common quest for reproducible science.
David, C. H., Y. Gil, C. J. Duffy, S. D. Peckham, and S. K. Venayagamoorthy (2016), An introduction to the special issue on Geoscience Papers of the Future, Earth and Space Science, 3, 441–444, doi:10.1002/2016EA000201.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1440332, 1343800. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NSF.